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Beartown Santa’s Extra Claws

Beartown Santa’s Extra Claws
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Brewed by Beartown
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Congleton, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ Goodman’s Field (JDW), 87-91 Mansell Street, Greater London, England E1 8AN.

Clear medium orange - amber yellow colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, fudge, christmas cake. Flavor is moderate sweet with a long duration, fudge, sweet spices. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121206]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1186) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
Pint on draught at the Hope Tap in Reading. Semi opaque brown amber, with a good head on it. Nicely spiced, sweet, fruity, Christmas pudding taste. Sweet and fruity aroma, nice. A nice winter warmer, a touch biscuity. Better than I expected.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3423) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
Slightly hazy brown color. Perfumey aroma with some sweet red fruits. Flavour is of sweet glace cherries and a hint of tangerine. This was served quite cool which made the artificial cherry flavour quite ’bearable’.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Cask handpull at CountyHotel JDW Ashford. Mid amber brown colour thin beige head. Spice or some fruit added to this ehich is artificial and frankly nasty. Base beer is probably ok but i hate the artificial additions.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuartyboy (732) - SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2012
Cask at wheatsheaf Kilmarnock pale amber colour with strong fruit flavour of plums and raisins with full on blast of cineman and Christmas spices sweet and fruity a bit like drinking a mince pie nice seasonal beer

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (1622) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2012
[Cask at Back of Beyond (JDW), Reading] Deep amber with a moderate white head. There’s a lot of plum. A LOT of plum. And an enormous amount of spice - lots of cinnamon and an entire nutmeg factory. And it’s very sweet - you wouldn’t want a lot of it. But at least the brewer hasn’t copped out with selling a boring brown bitter/ bland golden ale with nothing festive other than a silly name. This is a full on Christmas beer, no holds barred. It’s very definitely a dessert beer. It’s also kind of fun. And it actually went rather well with the Wetherspoon’s Christmas pudding and brandy sauce, which incidentally is one of the best Christmas pudding’s I’ve had that isn’t home-made. OK, technically it lacks balance and subtlety, but surely throwing yourself into Christmas full-on, no-holds bars is what it’s all about! Well done to Beartown for not being timid!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2280) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 12, 2012
Cask @ JDW Elgin, 111212
Light copper brown, clear, dense white head, not much lacing
Aroma is very fruity - red berries, plum, mixed fruit jam, raspberry syrup, odd fruits, no malt or hops
Taste - Mixed fruit jam, apple, christmas spices, spicy apple pie filling, getting a hint of pear, slight malts, no hops, screwed up, odd - but it isn’t terrible to me - it actually OK in a weird sort of way
Palate - light to medium body. Finish - quite dry, fruity mixed jam, linger some bitterness
Overall - Well this was an odd beer, aroma quite different to the taste. I can understand why some other reviewers might think its shit. Yeah, it’s messed up but I didn’t personally find it all that bad at all - it’s OK but I wouldn’t have more than a pint

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Leighton (11900) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
Cask at Hamilton Hall, JDW, London. Pours clear chestnut brown with a creamy, fleshy head. Berries and bubblegum on the nose. Medium sweet flavor with astringent, leafy bitterness, lots of oily cough syrup, artificial berry fruits, some fruit cake. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately sweet finish, lightly sticky, with modest leafy hops and lingering artificial flavors like tropical fruit bubblegum, berries, grapes. Pretty horrific beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (4679) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2012
Cask at the King’s Head (JDW), Salisbury. Amber with a thin white head that laced the glass; aroma of cheap and nasty gluhwine; a similar taste with a thick, oily, body; and a prickly bitterness before a dry finish. This summarises everything I dislike about Christmas markets in a single glass. Best avoided, unless you are one of Santa’s little helpers.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 The Felix (JDW), Nuneaton, 04/12/12. Bright bronze levelled with white. Hubba Bubba and Bazooka chew nose. Full on spicerack treatment in the mouth; overwhelming mauby, sarsaparilla, cinnamon. No remotely beer-like flavours...a little astringent bitterness on the swallow. Bubblegum and custard. Shouldn’t work but somehow does.


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